3 October 2016
RMT Press Office
Virgin East Coast strike solid this morning as management mount biggest scabbing operation in recent rail history.
General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"RMT members are solid and united in support of the action in defence of jobs and safety on Virgin East Coast this morning and the trade union movement salutes them. Pickets are out at all key locations.
"It is clear that Virgin and Stagecoach have mounted the biggest and most expensive scabbing operation in recent rail history with managers from across the country dragged in to commandeer our trains.
"The union will be compiling a dossier for the safety authorities detailing breaches of normal working and safety procedures.
"If the company had put half the effort into resolving this dispute that they have piled into their scabbing plans we could have sorted the core issues that led to this strike. The union will be taking part in further talks later this week. "